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April 28, 2015 Updates

Presti’s trip to Gainesville is of particular interest given his track record with the Gators coaching staff. Last summer, Presti hired two Gators assistants: Mark Daigneault as head coach of the Oklahoma City Blue and Oliver Winterbone as an analyst. Presti also is believed to have a close relationship with Donovan, who on several occasions has expressed interest in making a jump to the NBA. Oklahoman

Donovan has a reputation for running a tight ship in Gainesville. He runs highly-structured, highly demanding practices, keeps the media at bay with an extremely controlled environment and maintains a small inner circle. He’s also consumed by his passion for basketball. Last year, Donovan said the opportunity to focus solely on basketball is one of the things that intrigue him about coaching in the NBA. Oklahoman

April 27, 2015 Updates

It starts with a blue-collar approach that makes no room for excuses or complaints. It requires embracing the community and understanding the team’s role in it. It mandates you believe and buy in to a team philosophy and put aside individual goals for the greater good. “You can’t have an ego,” Thunder assistant general manager Troy Weaver told The Oklahoman earlier this month about working in the organization. Added director of basketball operations Paul Rivers: “Egos, it just doesn’t work here. You won’t survive. That’ll be your fastest way out the door.” Oklahoman

April 26, 2015 Updates

Presti thought Brooks was a good coach. But Presti believes he can find a better coach. At least for this Thunder roster at this point in time. “I think you are always evaluating, and thinking to yourself, ‘How do we improve, how do we grow, and where are those opportunities as an organization that is focused on building a sustainable team and a great organization?’” Presti said. “Those are questions you have to ask yourself.” Oklahoman

April 22, 2015 Updates

All signs point to University of Florida coach Billy Donovan, a longtime friend of Thunder GM Sam Presti who is itching to move to the pros, league sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday. "He's ready to try the NBA," said one person who has been in contact with Donovan. CBSSports.com

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